JYTTE BRENDER McNAIR

Jytte Brender’s scientific focus is on the theoretical and practical aspects of Quality Management and Technology Assessment. With her unique combination of R&D experience, together with fifteen years in a university hospital, nine years as an industrial researcher, and ten years as full-time university researcher, she cross-fertilized her expertise with an M.Sc. in biochemistry (Copenhagen University, 1973), an M.Sc. in computer science (Copenhagen University, 1991), and a European Doctorate & PhD in Medical Informatics (Aalborg University, Technology & Science Faculty, 1997). She is presently associate research professor at the Institute of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.

Her research and interest in quality management and assessment ranges from constructive assessment (dynamic, self-reflective, purpose-driven and corrective evaluation) to holistic analysis of information flow. Her expertise covers the breadth of organisational change and includes the theoretical aspects of the quality of semantic aspects of medical knowledge.

While she is a computer scientist, at the anthropocentric end of the scale, all things human-centred interest her as does the multifaceted realm of asymmetric abstraction. Her latest work is a handbook of methods for constructive assessment of IT-based solutions: Three hundred and sixty pages emphasising the hidden aspects of methods, assumptions for application, conjecture on epistemological nature, as well as potential pitfalls and perils. It includes a framework for meta-analysis of evaluation studies dedicated to pinpointing the downside in such studies, while scrutinizing experimental biases.

Her leadership experience ranges from project management and technical coordination, to task leader on multinational, cross-disciplinary R&D projects involving teams of highly skilled academics.

She is author/co-author of five books, 50 (half of them invited) publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals and books, 80 technical reports (most of them peer-reviewed), 65 presentations (33 invited and 2 keynotes). Furthermore, she is (Co-)Editor of 4 proceedings of international congresses and workshops (incl. an interactive CD-Rom), and one special issue of a scientific journal, and she is editorial board member of one of the most prestigious, international scientific journals of her domain.